CHRO Summit Explores Health Care Future State, Highlights Corporate-Led Strategies for Increasing Skills and Employment Opportunities

March 13, 2015

HR Policy Chair Mirian Graddick-Weir, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Merck & Co., Inc., set the stage for the ambitious agenda of this year's CHRO Summit, saying: "As we look at issues like the future of employment-based health care, we realize that the people in our position have probably never before in the history of corporate America carried such a high degree of responsibility on such decisive matters."  American Express Company's Chief Human Resources Officer L. Kevin Cox, who serves as Chair of the American Health Policy Institute, along with the Chief Human Resources Officer of Macy's, Inc. William S. Allen, who serves as Vice Chair of the Association's Health Care Policy Committee, led the nearly 300 HR Policy members in attendance in a discussion of the future of employer-sponsored health care, and provided a vision of how employers could remain involved in health care for their employees as the system continues to evolve under the Affordable Care Act.  In addition, the Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent at ManpowerGroup Mara E. Swan, who chairs the Association's Talent Sustainability Initiative, facilitated a deep dive into the array of issues involved in the pressing income inequality and wage stagnation debate while discussing how member companies could share what corporate America is doing to address the disparities.  She concluded, "This issue is not going away," and she suggested, "what is currently missing from the debate is the substantial work major companies are already doing and will be doing to attack the disparity by helping American workers attain the skills that are in demand that will enable them to share in the economic growth of the country."  Click here for a full report on the Summit.